2009-11-27 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

This Weekend At Tilden: Art, Music, An Evening Affair
Commmentary by Susan Hartenstein Rockaway Artists Alliance

Caption: "Place Setting" by Renée Radenberg. Medium: used metals and glass. One of the artworks in "Glass and Water" in sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort Tilden. Caption: "Place Setting" by Renée Radenberg. Medium: used metals and glass. One of the artworks in "Glass and Water" in sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort Tilden. The two exhibits on display in the RAA galleries in Fort Tilden offer a wide range of art to the viewer. "Gifted" is a showcase of the talents of 26 members of RAA. "Glass and Water" presents the sparkling play of light, shadow and color in three different mediums.

In "Gifted," as in all her work in transparent watercolor, Ludmila Vaynberg achieves a freedom and flow in her brushstrokes and in the strength and subtlety of her pigments. These qualities bring the viewer into the spirit of the sea, the dunes and their flora that are the subjects of her beach scenes. In Daniella Sessa's photographs of night scenes, the artist captures the grand of "Grand Central" and the dynamic tempo of the city.

A retrospective and transitional journey through the work of Christian Le Gars takes the viewer from watercolor to printmaking to the use of both mediums combined in a single piece. Consistent in all is the brilliant dance of light and dark. Much of what makes Le Gars' work particularly luminous is the clarity in his handling of the darks and midtones in works like "Port Jefferson." Literally breathtaking are "Cabellou Sunset I" and "Cabellou Sunset II." They are truth on paper. The paintings capture the extraordinary light and defined silhouettes of that special time of day as few, if any, paintings I have ever seen.

"Restaurant Row," using etching, aquatint and watercolor, is one of many pieces by Le Gars that expresses the city, whether New York or Paris, with an intimacy and rhythm born out of the visual elements.

Renée Radenberg's glass sculptures and mobiles are the three-dimensional complements to the work of Christian Le Gars in "Glass and Water." Her dance of light, shadow and color manifests in the physical and the kinetic, using scrap stained glass, broken bottles found on the beach, scrap and bought metal. In a pas de deux of movement, mobiles such as "Curly Q" are mounted and lit so that the colors of the glass and the flow of the metal elements are mutedly and gracefully echoed on the gallery's stark white walls.

Radenberg explains that there are basically two ways to construct a mobile (an art form less than 100 years old): inside out (Alexander Calder worked this way, starting at one point and building the mobile down) or outside in (as Radenberg works, starting somewhere and adding on, in any direction). Beads, metal and particularly glass act as weights and counterbalances. Choosing those elements is a constant mechanical and artistic balance.

Saturday, November 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. in sTudio7, as part of "Glass and Water," "An Evening Affair" will feature wine, appetizers and music. The latter will be provided by Guy Nevirs and friends and by the jazz band "Switch." All are welcome. Featured at the exhibit: a "Fundraising Tree" for RAA; the auction of a Christian Le Gars artwork.

RAA Call to Artists: "Spanning Connections" (first RAA exhibit of 2010): Reaching, spanning, connecting. This juried exhibition's subjects can include bridges, tunnels, walkways, covered bridges, overpasses, spanning architectural connections and more. Any angle, perspective or theme may be applied. Mediums may include, but are not limited to, short film, painting, photography, architectural drawing and artist rendering, sculpture, watercolor, mixed media, performance and assemblage. Deadline for receipt of entries: December 11, 2009. Full prospectus and entry forms available at RAA office, galleries during gallery hours or at www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

Through this weekend, "Tony Hannon Unveiled" is on view at The Beach Gallery at Sunlites Stained Glass studio, 114-24 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Hannon creates mixed media paintings and drawings, and sculptural jewelry. His paintings are adventurous in their approach to subject and design, and unrestrained and frequently explosive in the use of color and shape. Each portrait or figure is a bold, individual statement; wholly original. Backgrounds are an extension of the character and design of the figure( s). I highly recommend this exhibit.

A new 12 1/2 minute version of the film Denis Hamill is raving about, Robert Sarnoff's "The ROMEOWS," will be screened at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street on December 4, 7-9 p.m. For details: 718-222-4111.


Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

Fort Tilden Highlights

"AN EVENING AFFAIR" FOR "GLASS AND WATER": Sat., Nov. 28, sTudio 7, 7-9 p.m., RoCA at Fort Tilden. Admission free to exhibits and special events. Exhibit dates: through Dec. 6, sTudio 7. New gallery hours: Sats. and Suns.: 12-4 p.m. and by appointment.

"GIFTED": RAA member exhibit. On view through Dec. 13, sTudio 6, RoCA.

HOLIDAY PARTY/ELECTIONS: Mon., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., sTudio 7.

THURS. NIGHT OPEN MIC: Performing artists of all disciplines invited. Sign up at 7:45 for 8 p.m. start time. Join us. Free admission.

ART CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS: Fall classes include painting, digital photography, singing, acting, cartooning. Call RAA office for details.

PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS: Tues. 7-9 pm., Thurs. 10 a.m.-12 noon. sTudio 7. $15 per class, supplies included.

FIRST ANNUAL RAA RAFFLE: Drawing Dec 14 @ holiday party. $1 per ticket - available @ RAA office or during gallery hrs. 1st prize: $100; 2nd prize: $50; 3rd prize: $25.

kidsmART corner

kidsmART is free to children ages 6-11. The program runs through May 6, 2010. Sessions: Tues. and Thurs., 3:30-6:30 p.m. Locations: Building T-149, Fort Tilden; PS104Q, Bayswater.

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